I finished knitting another sweater - granny's favorite sweater! I think this is the fourth time I've knit this particular pattern, Granny's Favorite Sweater by Georgie Nicolson (see the first one I knit here). I keep thinking I should branch out, but then I remember that it's just a perfect pattern and when you've found something that knits so easily and always fits just right, why not stick with it?
I did make a few small changes this time though. Instead of increasing in the body, I kept it straight and added buttons all the way down. I think I love it even more with these simple modifications! Next time, I'll try adding pockets too.
Best of all, Eila loves this sweater. She wore it everyday the first week I made it, and at least once a week since then. Even today, when the high was in the upper 80's, she still left the house in this sweater. This is so incredibly gratifying. I'll knit her a hundred more if she keeps it up.
Really though, she's just the sweetest thing. She turned 10 last month - a whole decade of Eila in my life and she's made every day of it brighter.
She's always carrying around a notebook because she's always writing a story or a book. She's a dreamer, this one, always inventing and imagining worlds of color and light. She approaches everything she does with a fierce determination and boldness that I envy. She has a quick temper, but is always ready with a hug when it cools. She runs and climbs, excels at math, plays classical piano, and has whole volumes of Calvin & Hobbes memorized. I think of her as my very own Jo March.
What a lucky mama I am.